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Help make a Guinness World record

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
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Get in on the latest attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Dance Sunday, Oct. 25.

This year, the North Branch Library will be shaking with the sounds – and steps – of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” A dance instructor from Alpine Dance Academy and the CoMotion Dancers of Summit School of Dance will teach a simplified version of the “Thriller” dance, beginning at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., everyone will take a break for pizza, treats and Zombie face painting. In order to coordinate with dancers all over the world, the simultaneous dance will occur at exactly 6:30 p.m.

Worldwide, Thrill the World is run by volunteers who love to dance. The director, Ines Markelle, began dancing in front of her television at age 3 to Jackson’s “Thriller.” She started the first event on Oct. 29, 2006, in Canada and set the first Guinness World Record – with only 62 dancers – for the Largest Thriller Dance. Her cohort is Tom Kiss, a zombie-walk organizer based in Brighton, U.K. Regions of the United Kingdom will be dancing “Thriller” at 1:30 a.m. their time.

Last year, 4,179 people in 71 cities across 10 nations participated, and Jackson viewed the Los Angeles event from a helicopter. The ages of dancers ranged from 5 to 71. This year’s goal: 270,000 participants, which would break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Dance in the world.

North Branch librarian Janet Good decided to help Summit County get in on the fun for the first time this year, as the finale for Teen Reading Week, which runs from Oct. 18-24. This year’s theme is “read beyond reality,” designed to show teens that reading is fun. And, the “Thriller” dance aims to “show that libraries are fun,” Good said.

The Teen Advisory Board, a group of middle and high school students who meet monthly at the library to volunteer and plan events, is sponsoring the “Thriller” dance.

Participants must be at least 10 years old. Registration forms are available at any Summit County Library. Zombie attire is encouraged.

Markelle and Kiss hope participants will use the event as a fundraiser for nonprofits. The Silverthorne library will accept donations, which will be equally divided between the library’s Teen Advisory Board and the CoMotion Dancers.

And, adults: Don’t miss out on the AH-ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha freaky fun. Good assures us that everyone over 10 is invited.


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